from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A vasodilator, C9H15N5O, administered orally for the treatment of hypertension and used topically to promote the regrowth of hair in male pattern baldness.

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  • n. The name of a compound used orally as a vasodilator to treat hypertension and topically to reverse baldness.

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  • n. a vasodilator (trade name Loniten) used to treat severe hypertension; one side effect is hirsutism so it is also sold (trade name Rogaine) as a treatment for male-patterned baldness


(a)min(o)- + oxid(e) + -il (alteration of -yl).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Rarely, even (for a commentary, see Hampton, 1996). adverse events can be exploited as new indications, Unlike more orthodox studies, mega-trials do and the hair-growing properties of the antihyper - not attempt to control for large numbers of con - tensive drug called minoxidil is a famous example. founding variables.

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  • He was being treated with corticosteroids to suppress his immune system and prevent his body from rejecting the organ, plus minoxidil for hypertension.

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  • A prescription for topical minoxidil (Rogaine) can help, and finasteride (Propecia, an oral medication originally developed for blood pressure) has been proven effective for male-pattern baldness but is not safe for women since it can cause birth defects.

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